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Per Wahlöö (1926–1975)

Teoksen Roseanna tekijä

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About the Author

Writer and journalist Per Wahlöö was born in Sweden on August 5, 1926. He graduated from the University of Lund in 1946 and found work covering criminal and social issues for numerous newspapers and magazines. He also wrote a number of television and radio plays and was managing editor for näytä lisää several magazines. His first book, Himmelsgeten, was published in 1956 and numerous novels followed. He also wrote all ten novels in the Martin Beck Police Mystery series with his wife Maj Sjöwall. In 1971, The Laughing Policeman (a translation of Den Skrattande Polisen) won an Edgar Award for Best Novel. He died from cancer on June 22, 1975. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

Roseanna (1965) 2,127 kappaletta
Bussimurha (1970) 1,805 kappaletta
Mies joka hävisi savuna ilmaan (1969) 1,362 kappaletta
Mies parvekkeella (1968) 1,285 kappaletta
Suljettu huone (1973) 1,149 kappaletta
Kadonnut paloauto (1969) 1,126 kappaletta
Missä viipyy poliisi (2013) 1,103 kappaletta
Komisario Beck tähtäimessä (1971) 1,049 kappaletta
Poliisimurha (1974) 965 kappaletta
Terroristit (1976) 948 kappaletta
Murder on the Thirty-First Floor (1964) 290 kappaletta
The Steel Spring (1968) 160 kappaletta
The Lorry (1962) 100 kappaletta
The Assignment (1963) 87 kappaletta
The Generals (1965) 65 kappaletta

Associated Works

A Darker Shade of Sweden (2013) — Avustaja — 104 kappaletta
The Vintage Book of Classic Crime (1993) — Avustaja — 33 kappaletta
A Purple Place for Dying | Home to Roost | The Terrorists (1977) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta

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Kanoninen nimi
Wahlöö, Per
Tölö, Kungsbacka, Halland, Sweden
Malmö, Sweden
Göteborg, Sweden
Malmö, Sweden
University of Lund (1946)
crime novelist
Sjöwall, Maj (partner)
Wahlöö, Inger (ex-echtg.)
Wahlöö, Claes (broer)
Salomonsson Agency
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Married to Maj Sjöwall.
Do not combine this page with any of the pages that include both Sjöwall and Wahlöö, or with Maj Sjöwall's individual author page. (See "Who Should/Shouldn't Get Combined" on the Author wiki page.) Thank you.



The crime itself isn't particularly mysterious and the ending sort of whiffs out a bit. But it keeps your interest enough and as others have said it's mainly about the characters, which are well written and believable.

The book is full of a sort of understated and sometimes grim humour which makes it pretty enjoyable to read. The characters feel very real and a lot is made of their daily routine, their home life, what they like to eat and drink, their frustrations with police work... it gives it an edge over much of the "gritty" stuff that usually turns me off because it's super unrealistic and macho. Also I feel justified in thinking some of the characters are utter pricks and bad and I feel the author agrees with me on that. I dunno, it's just a refreshing change of style. There's a few crappy moments here and there but nothing too awful.

Also it's really interesting reading a book where the Greek junta is talked about as present but without it being a plot point. A lot of late 60s politics appears as background in these books and it interests me
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tombomp | 31 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 31, 2023 |
Quality police procedural/mystery type novel. Does a kind of "gritty realism" thing but in the opposite direction to the "loose cannon"/gruff spoken detective who witnesses a ton of violence. Here the police officers are very average and get to the solution through hard work, procedure and good luck (and a little bad luck, too). The sort of grittiness is all about sleepless nights and frustration. I'm usually not too big on that sort of thing but the police's fallibility makes it work because it's a very human fallibility - no sudden insights, mistakes are made, but mostly they work hard and things eventually fall into place even though it's a struggle and life sucks. The book often is pretty funny in a very dry way (sometimes less dry) which helps keep it from being depressing. The case resolves in a very satisfying way and it keeps you hooked even without any real action happening. There's a leftist bent to it that appeals to me, as well. Some criticism of the police in general even as you sympathise with who you're seeing.

I will say I thought the treatment of some of the women is pretty misogynistic - some of it can be put down to the misogyny of the men but the treatment of Theresa, for example, feels very unfair and it's a bit gross in places. I don't think it ruins the book but it's a bit of a shame. There's also a 1 sentence description of something that's clearly rape but isn't described as such. That the author could have not noticed that makes me feel very uncomfortable, especially given that it's about a character who's incredibly sexualised (a nymphomaniac). It's 1 sentence so I don't like to make a big deal out of it but I guess I just think the way Theresa is talked about is gross and that was just too much.
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tombomp | 64 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 31, 2023 |
Roseanna by husband and wife team Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo is the first book in their Martin Beck series of police procedurals. This book was originally published in 1965 yet I found it stands up to today's’ standards very well. These two authors are credited with laying the groundwork for modern Swedish crime fiction.

As Martin Beck hunts for the killer of an American tourist, whose nude body was dredged from a busy waterway, we learn of the value of teamwork. The police inquiry becomes global as they discover that she was most probably thrown from a passenger cruise ship. Through interviews and examination of holiday photographers they are able to piece together how the victim spent her time on the cruiser and, they are able to identify a possible suspect who spent time with her. Martin Beck becomes convinced of this suspects guilt but surveillance doesn’t help so they set a trap.

This is the first book in the series so the characters are introduced and the reader is given a few pointers about their basic personalities. The police work isn’t glamorized but shows the hours of routine, repetition and legwork that is involved. There isn’t anything larger than life or especially heroic about Martin Beck, he comes across as a solid detective whose health and home life aren’t the best. I enjoyed this book and am interested in seeing how the series develops.
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DeltaQueen50 | 87 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 5, 2023 |
Per Wahlöö, co-author of the remarkable Martin Beck series of Swedish detective novels, here takes a solo outing, departing from the crime novel genre into that of diplomatic intrigue. In THE ASSIGNMENT, a South American diplomat, Manuel Ortega, is ordered to replace a provincial official after the man's assassination. Ortega must try to establish peace, or at least an end to violence, between the wealthy white population of the province and the Indian peasants who have united against them in hopes of liberating themselves from oppression. Much of the novel depicts Ortega waiting tensely and tediously for events to occur, yet there is nothing tedious for the reader. When events do break, what happens is both exciting and intelligent, with turns and intrigue accelerating the tension. There is a strong philosophical debate at play between Ortega and the police commander who is both his political opponent and his greatest source of security, and Wahlöö, a deeply political writer even in his most commercial works, makes no secret of where he stands on the issues at play in the story. At times deceptively even-paced, THE ASSIGNMENT turns out to be a sturdy exploration of the lifelong fight between true good and true evil and the grey areas where so much of life exists. A highly engaging book.… (lisätietoja)
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jumblejim | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 26, 2023 |



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